Thursday, June 11, 2009, 3:20 PM

Webinar on Pay-to-Play Updates: Campaign Contributions and Other Political Activities Pose Risks for State and Local Contractors

In the last few years, there has been a proliferation of state and local laws barring or severely limiting campaign contributions by companies doing business with government agencies. Just one prohibited campaign contribution by a contractor, its officers or executives, or other related individuals can lead to the immediate severing of existing contracts, disqualification of bids, fines, and even criminal penalties.

Now, more than ever, it is critical to understand the risks posed by pay-to-play laws - especially as billions of federal stimulus dollars are distributed through states and localities. Many organizations - some for the first time - are seeking government contracts to take advantage of this massive spending program.

Whether your organization is a novice or an experienced contractor, this timely webinar on June 25th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), will demystify the pay-to-play laws and arm you with practical tips and best practices. You will also learn about other potential pitfalls facing government contractors, including the growing trend of regulating government contract sales professionals as lobbyists, special gift restrictions on contractors and bidders, and new limits on lobbying for federal stimulus projects.

There is no charge to attend this webinar, but space is limited. To register for this event, please click here.

About the Presenters
Larry Norton and Jim Kahl head Womble Carlyle's Political Law Practice. They represent corporations, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and others in connection with campaign finance, lobbying, and gift laws. Prior to joining Womble Carlyle, Larry and Jim served as General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, respectively, of the Federal Election Commission from 2001-2007. Larry and Jim are authors of Womble Carlyle's Political GPS Blog.

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